I just don't understand hunters in states back east. How could they possible shoot at a horse and rider. What kind of strange deer do you folks raise back there that could possible resemble a horse & rider?
I mean this weeks hunt is for Spike Bull Elk. So a hunter has to identify that the animal is a Elk, and that it is a bull elk and that it only has spike horns. He has to look at and make sure what he is shooting at.
Well, the trails wind around alot, lots of big rocks, and it was overcast. I think what was happening is they were blowing the deer whistles, then hearing hooves in the distance, then my dark brown horse comes first around the corner...well, they see & hear movement, and shoot. The worst ones were shooting out of their jeep, parked on the road. I was sure they would hit us, cause they seemed to be shooting randomly, and out of the side of a jeep! Didn't even get out of the vehicle! Jeez.
The other ones were on the crest of a hill & We flushed a group of three (small) deer riding by. So the deer were right between the hunters & us. Those folks were beter, considering the situation. They only shot once, then my hollering scared the deer in the other direction and the hunters quit shooting. Good of them not to get angry with us and shoot anyway, right?
All hunters are not bad, however, every year, a poster of a deer is set-up at the side of a road, and every year that fake deer gets shot by people driving past. By the end of the season, it is full of holes.
I am not sure many of them make sure they know what they are shooting at first.